The American Dream and the Chinese Dream (Bilingual)
To introduce to students the concept of social constructionism, thereby enabling them to move beyond viewing the mythical meta-narratives such as “the American Dream” and “the Chinese Dream” as essentialized ideals but as cultural arenas where different discourses and ideologies compete for legitimacy and hegemony.
To familiarize students with various cultural categories which can be used as analytic frames in interpreting various forms of representation of the Dreams.
To help students become aware of the cultural assumptions and ideologies underlying the construction and discussion of the meta Dreams that may promote opportunities for emancipation and improvement in certain ways while sustain and perpetuate social inequality and oppression in other ways.
To equip students with the above mentioned or implied conceptual tools and analytical skills, with which they can examine others’ and their own ideas and assumptions, and consciously challenge and unlearn certain conventional thinking models and rules as well as actively participate in creating new models and rules through their academic and social work.
To provide a general framework and concrete exercises for students to learn to conduct what may be termed as the critical comparative analysis that undermines the conventional comparative approach which often essentializes differences between cultures, and that dismantles the binary oppositional model which often accompanies such practices, and in the process help students acquire sensitivity, capability and habit necessary for their continuous endeavor.
教学方法：The course is designed and to be conducted in a Hybrid Learning mode, which combines in-class and outside-class, online and offline learning with conventional and multi-media resources. Classes are organized in seminar style including short interactive multi-media lectures, small group and class level discussions, and individual or small group multi-media presentations, etc. Outside-class learning includes reading assignments, internet-based research, online forum discussions, reflection papers, and other homework assignments.
考核方式：Attendance and Assignments 50%, Final Project or Exam 50%
A compendium will be compiled with excerpts from the following sources.
J. Emmett Winn, The American Dream and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2007).
Jim Cullen, The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea That Shaped a Nation (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).
Kathryn Hume, American Dream, American Nightmare: Fiction Since 1960 (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2000).
Helen Zia, Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000).
Jeffrey Louis Decker, Made in America: Self-Styled Success from Horatio Alger to Oprah Winfrey (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997).
Jennifer L. Hochschild, Facing Up to the American Dream: Race, Class, and the Soul of the Nation (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995).
Elizabeth G. Traube, Dreaming Identities: Class, Gender, and Generation in 1980s Hollywood Movies (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1992).
Ruth Sidel, On Her Own: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American Dream (New York: Viking Penguin, 1990).
Harvey Holtz, ed., Education and the American Dream: Conservatives, Liberals and Radicals Debate the Future of Education (Critical Studies in Education Series) (Bergin & Garvey, 1988).
乐黛云 著 美国梦·欧洲梦·中国梦 《社会科学》2007年第9
张爱平 著 《美国梦 中国情》北京：中国文联出版公司，1997
Mars，Neville and Adrian Hornsby，The Chinese Dream: a Society Under Construction, 010 Publishers, 2008.
Studwell, Joe, The China Dream: The Quest for the Last Great Untapped Market on Earth, Grove, 2003.
Wang, Helen, The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World's Largest Middle Class (2010)
Rifkin, Jeremy. The European Dream: How Europe’s Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream. New York: Penguin, 2004.
* Course arrangement and materials are subject to change.
其他学习资源：Listed in the Weekly Schedule
Week 1. Introduction 引论
Film: Rocky (1976) 《洛奇》 (上)
Reading: Course Syllabus
In-class Assignment: identifying learning goals; your understanding of the A&C Dreams and expected outcomes for the course
Week 2. A Better Life for All in America
Film: Rocky (1976) 《洛奇》（下）
Reading: The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776.
Week 3. Equal Opportunity 机会平等
Film: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) 《迪兹先生进城》
Reading: Skandalaris and Clark, The Evolution of the American Dream, 2011, pp1-6 + the Contents/目录.
Week 4. Work Ethic and Meritocracy 工作伦理 与 能者居上/论功行赏
Film: Wall Street (1987) 《华尔街》
Reading: 袁雪生 《《富兰克林自传》与美国精神》78-93；159-171。
Week 5. Success and Social Mobility 成功与社会阶层的变迁
Film: Erin Brockovich (2000) 《永不妥协》
Reading: Hochschild, “Chapter 1, What Is the American Dream,” pp. 15-25.
Week 6. Happiness 幸福
Film: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) 《一袭灰衣万缕情》
Reading: Hochschild, “Chapter 1, What Is the American Dream,” pp. 26-38.
Week 7. The American Dream for Minorities 少数族裔/弱势团体
Film: Freedom Writers (2007) 《自由作家之街头日记》
Week 8. The American Dream and Gender 社会性别
Film: A League of Their Own (1992) 《女子棒球队/红粉联盟》
Reading: Sidel, “Introduction,” pp. 1-11.
Week 9. Chinese Americans’ Dream 华裔美国梦
Film: The Joy Luck Club (2001)
Reading: Zia, “Living Our Dreams,” pp. 311-320
Assignment: Recommend 1-3 Film/TV/Play/Other materials for the following weeks’ themes concerning the Chinese Dream, and give brief explanation.
Week 10. Review: How the Dreams are Defined, and Socially Constructed
Week 11. Creation of the Chinese Dream: The Nation’s Dream中国梦的创建:民族之梦
Student Presentation: the Selected Media Text for the Nation’s Dream/民族之梦相关作品
Week 12. Individuals’ Dream 个人的梦
Student Presentation: the Selected Media Text for the Individual Dream/个人之梦相关作品
Week 13. Dream of Business Opportunities 梦的商机
Student Presentation: the Selected Media Text for the Dream of Business Opportunities/梦的商机相关作品
Week 14. Going Abroad 出国寻梦
Reading: 张爱平《美国梦 中国情》1997，“去与留”（12-71）
Student Presentation: the Selected Media Text for the Dream of Going Abroad/出国寻梦相关作品
Week 15. Coming to China “老外”的中国梦
Student Presentation: the Selected Media Text for the Dream of Coming to China/“老外”的中国梦相关作品
Week 16. The Multiple Dreams 多元之梦
Reading: 乐黛云“美国梦 欧洲梦 中国梦”《社会科学》07; 赵勇“宏大叙事与边缘话语”
Student Presentation: the Selected Media Text for the Multiple Dreams/多元之梦相关作品